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Almond Baklava Croissants – Okay, my friends. Hold on to your hats for this one: I turned baklava into Baklava Croissants! And they only have 4 ingredients!! *gasp*

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Almond Baklava Croissants - these easy croissants have only 4 ingredients! They taste like almond baklava for brunch!

As I’ve said before, when I travel I eat. More specifically, I bakery crawl. I look up every bakery within walking distance of my hotel and I try to visit as many as I can. Often I’ll spend double digits on pastries and muffins and cookies, just to take a bite out of each; I consider it research.

Last month, when I went to Santa Monica, Holly and I took a long walk through LA neighborhoods to try Gjusta, a local bakery. It was your typical 1 mile LA walk: from trendy hotels and palm trees through residential streets filled with cute homes mixed with condos, BMWs and Audis parked all over the streets and homeless encampments on every corner. We were just starting to get a little nervous when, out of the blue, Siri told me we’d arrived. It looked like a warehouse from the outside, but when you opened the door it was like another world; a world that smelled like fresh baked bread and pastries.

Almond Baklava Croissants Recipe - an easy brunch recipe with only 4 ingredients.

The first item in the bakery case was a Baklava Croissant. I think it’s one of their specialties and it was so unique I had to try it. It was layer upon layer of flaky pastry (so flaky I looked like I showered in croissant confetti after I ate it) filled with a sweet baklava filling. It was heaven, and before I’d even finished my first bite I knew I was going to make them at home.

(I also knew I was going to take a little help in the croissant department. I mean, I love a fresh baked flaky croissant as much as the next person but ain’t nobody got time for that, especially when you’re making breakfast, am I right or what?)

When I got home I got right to work making my new favorite breakfast pastry: the Almond Baklava Croissant.

Blue Diamond Almonds

How to Make Almond Baklava Croissants

I know traditionally, baklava isn’t made with almonds. But I had these Honey Roasted Blue Diamond Almonds in my pantry and I knew they’d be the perfect fit for these baklava croissants. After all, the other key ingredient in baklava is honey. (Also, put honey roasted almonds in front of me and watch out, I may bite off your hand if you get too close to them.)

Once the almonds are chopped and mixed with some cinnamon and honey it tastes like a delicious baklava filling. I rolled my filling up in crescent roll dough, but you can also use puff pastry if you want a more traditional croissant-like texture. Either will work!

The other thing I love about baklava is the honey drizzled all over the top. It’s ooey-gooey and sweet, and I wanted these croissants to have some of that feature, but still be somewhat portable. If you’re serving these for brunch, you want people to be able to grab one easily, right? So instead of pouring syrup all over them, I just brushed the tops with honey and sprinkled more almonds over the top.

4 ingredient Almond Baklava Croissants. Is there anything better??

Almond Baklava Croissants - this easy croissant recipe has only 4 ingredients! It's perfect for breakfast or brunch and tastes like baklava made with almonds! My family gobbled these right up.

Also – these Almond Baklava Croissants are so easy to make your kids can probably do it (with dad’s help chopping). Just leave the printout on your husband’s desk…maybe he’ll give you a Mother’s Day surprise??

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Servings: 8 Croissants

Almond Baklava Croissants

Total Time:
30 mins
Make Almond Baklava Croissants for breakfast or brunch! This EASY recipe has only 4 ingredients. It's baklava in croissant form!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blue Diamond Almonds (any flavor; I used Honey Roasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey — divided
  • 1 can — 8 count Crescent Rolls (or you can use Puff Pastry, see note)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Finely chop the almonds (a food processor is helpful for this). Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish.
  3. Stir together finely chopped almonds, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of honey to make a thick paste.
  4. Unroll and separate the crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Divide the almond mixture among the crescent rolls, placing large tablespoonfuls in the thick end of the triangle. Roll tightly and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 11-14 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before glazing. Note: glaze just before serving.
  6. To glaze: heat remaining 1 tablespoon of honey in a small microwave safe bowl for just a few seconds, until it’s more liquid. Brush onto the tops of each crescent roll and sprinkle with reserved almonds.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. These are best stored unglazed (it gets sticky). You can also freeze unglazed croissants for up to one month.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 Croissant) — Calories: 124, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 228mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Sugar: 10g, Protein: 3g

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Servings: 8 Croissants

Total Time:
30 mins
Make Almond Baklava Croissants for breakfast or brunch! This EASY recipe has only 4 ingredients. It's baklava in croissant form!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blue Diamond Almonds (any flavor; I used Honey Roasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey — divided
  • 1 can — 8 count Crescent Rolls (or you can use Puff Pastry, see note)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Finely chop the almonds (a food processor is helpful for this). Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish.
  3. Stir together finely chopped almonds, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of honey to make a thick paste.
  4. Unroll and separate the crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Divide the almond mixture among the crescent rolls, placing large tablespoonfuls in the thick end of the triangle. Roll tightly and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 11-14 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before glazing. Note: glaze just before serving.
  6. To glaze: heat remaining 1 tablespoon of honey in a small microwave safe bowl for just a few seconds, until it’s more liquid. Brush onto the tops of each crescent roll and sprinkle with reserved almonds.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. These are best stored unglazed (it gets sticky). You can also freeze unglazed croissants for up to one month.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 Croissant) — Calories: 124, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 228mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Sugar: 10g, Protein: 3g

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23 comments

  1. I do the exact same thing on vacation. Last week I somehow stumbled upon the cutest bakery whose cupcakes just happened to have won Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. And they made fudge, too, and the best cake bites. It was awesome. Research is fun!
    I would NEVER have thought of something like this. I’m glad you endured the sketchy neighborhood to be inspired to make these. They look incredible!

  2. Can I eat all of these on my birthday next week? I think I might. Baklava is one of those desserts that I refuse to share. I want it all to myself. I’m planning on bakery/restaurant crawling next week when I go up to Maine. 

  3. Oh this is so creative, Dorothy! I haven’t had baklava in the longest time, so I think these crescents were made for me. I love the looks of this! Sounds delicious for breakfast or dessert!

  4. I like visiting bakeries when I travel too! I can’t believe these only have 4 ingredients!

  5. I love your creativity with these croissants! I love baklava and always order it if it’s on the menu. Turning it into a puffy pastry roll is pure genius!

  6. These look fabulous! I love the nutty flavor and saccharine sweetness of the baklava in this croissant 🙂

  7. Oh how I love baklava…. and croissants! What a great mashup. 

  8. These look quite similar to nut rolls our family makes for Thanksgiving every year. I shall have to try them out and see the difference! 
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  9. Yesss I love bakery crawls! And I adore everything you did here-baklava croissants?? YUM pluuuus those honey roasted almonds? YESYESYES!

  10. Wow, these look great. Wish I was there when you made them… 🙂

  11. That sounds like a fun trip!!  I have yet to try baklava and these look like a perfect recipe to try!

  12. I like how you travel! Bakeries are a destination worth visiting 🙂 The filling looks incredible!

  13. I absolutely love this…this is truly one your more unique recipes!

  14. Whenever I go somewhere I have to google the best bakery and coffee shops in the area. That’s where my priorities are: need the best coffee and the best baked good. 🙂 I’ve wanted to go to the Portland area for a long time. I have a feeling when I do I’m going to be stopping at six or seven bakeries/coffee places each.
    This is such a great idea. Baklava stuffed inside a croissant sounds like the breakfast I’ve always wanted. So yummy!

  15. I love how you have the low down on every bakery in the area…  just another reason you’re such a good travel buddy! Honestly that little bakery you found was one of my absolute favorite moments of the weekend…  truly a hidden gem!

    And now you’ve recreated an easy version of that awesomeness!!!  I cannot wait to try your version, baklava is definitely one of my all time favorites!

  16. Now these look delicious and like something my whole family would love! Love that it uses the flavored almonds!

  17. honey roasted almonds? I’m going to have to find those. If they’re as good as the honey roasted cashews I’m addicted to I’ll be in heaven. 
    And I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  18. I wish I got to make these in class rather then peeling apart 15 layers of pyhllo and building up the baklava that way.

  19. Wow Dorothy, these look incredible! I wish I could reach through my computer screen! That sounds so fun to do a bakery crawl when traveling. I’m up for the challenge. Next vacay!

  20. This is BRILLIANT! I have always wanted to make Baklava, but who the heck has time for that? Love this super simple incarnation!

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